Story and photo courtesy of Colorado School of Mines Athletics
GOLDEN, Colo. – The Colorado School of Mines football team opened its 2012 campaign with a bang on Saturday with a 57-16 thumping of visiting William Jewell at Harry Campbell Field in Golden.
Mines (1-0) set a new school record with 690 yards of offense in the win, including 445 through the air and 245 on the ground. The 690 yards of total offense breaks a record of 686 set in a 58-0 win over Western State on Sept. 11, 2004.
The duo of Matt Brown and Joe Schneider were a combined 33-of-44 for 445 yards and five touchdowns through the air, while Dan Palmer, Schneider and Tevin Champagne combined for 203 of Mines' 245 rushing yards.
Mines jumped out to a 20-7 lead in the first quarter after Brown found Diamond Gillis for a 22-yard TD to cap of a 10-play, 78-yard drive that covered 3:50. After a fumble by the Cardinals (0-1) on their ensuing possession, Brown hit David Pawelek for a 40-yard touchdown on the next play to give Mines a 13-7 lead.
William Jewell would answer with their first of two touchdowns on the day on a Sean Shelton 50-yard touchdown pass to Scott Buffa to trim the Oredigger lead to 13-7.
An eight-play, 69-yard drive on the next possession would be capped off by a three-yard touchdown run by Palmer to increase the lead to 20-7 in the first quarter.
Avery Llewellyn would knock in a 25-yard field goal and Gillis would catch his second touchdown of the game to finish off a 13-play, 97-yard drive and give Mines a 30-7 lead with just over four minutes to play. The Cardinals converted a Warren Frevert 35-yard field goal as time expired on the first half, cutting the deficit to 30-7 at recess.
Even with 30 points on the board and 360 yards of offense in the books, Mines would continue to pour it on with three touchdwns via Tevin Champagne in the second half. Champagne would run the ball in from three and four yards out and also catch a 25-yard touchdown pass from Brown in the third quarter.
Joe Schneider would hit Alex Waner for a two-yard scoring pass with 1:16 to play in the ball game to close out the scoring.
Brown finished 23-of-30 for 358 yards and four touchdowns in his first collegiate start at quarterback and added 46 rushing yards on nine carries for 404 yards of total offense. He connected with senior Cody Renken a team-high seven times for 99 yards on the afternoon. Renken was making his first game appearance since suffering a season-ending injury against the Cardinals in last season's opener.
He found tight end David Pawelek six times for 105 yards and a score, while Gillis added four catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
Palmer led the ground game with 29 yards on 12 carries, while Tevin Champagne added 40 yards and two touchdowns (three total) on eight carries.
Alex Laudenslager led the defense with eight total tackles, while Kelly Zimmerman added seven of his own to headline the Oredigger defense. Chris Pinson added five tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack to the defensive output.
Mines will look to keep the momentum rolling next week when the squad faces South Dakota Mines at 6 p.m. in Rapid City, S.D.